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CAB conduct online classes with Laxman

27th April 2020
In what can be termed as a path breaking measure, Cricket Association of Bengal today conducted it's first online classes under iconic batting coach VVS Laxman.
"Our cricketers are at home yet working out under the guidance of the trainers. We also need to keep them in the proper frame of mind. And the right way to do it was to engage them with mentors and coaches who would analyse their performances from the previous season and chalk out ways to overcome the challenges," said CAB President Avishek Dalmiya.
Laxman along with Bengal coach Arun Lal, Bengal manager- cricket operations Joydeep Mukherjee and Bengal U23 coach Sourashis Lahiri had two separate 45-minute sessions with Bengal players Abhishek Raman and Kazi Junaid Saifi today via online classes that was much about mental issues, minset for the game rather than techniques.
Topics discussed with debutant Kazi were- how to deal with pressure coming from U23 to senior cricket, how to deal with failures and the ways to transform his game as the levels keep going up while experienced campaigner Raman's session was about how to deal with failure after having a very good start to the season, the ways to regain confidence and the way forward.
Kazi who debuted for Bengal this season in Ranji Trophy said: "It was a very useful and important session today. Laxman sir was sharing his experience with me, how it is normal to be nervous, to be doubtful but at the same time one need to keep faith in himself and his abilitie. What I learnt today is cricket is a learning process and you have to be consistent in your thought and preparation."
Laxman also talked about how to control the mind hence loose shots don’t occur and about the mindset to bat for the first one hour on a bowling friendly pitches with the experienced Bengal opener.
"We talked about our last season. What were my mindset through the season. A session with lot to learn from and how to prepare the mindset during ups and downs of the season," said Raman.
Joydeep explained how it will help the players to prepare mentally by saying: "This is a very good concept. The session was not much about technique but it was more about mental issues and mindset for the game. We will do this sessions with not only the senior players but also with the U16, U19 and U23 players once the lockdown is over and travelling is allowed."

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